Adult Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. during the school year. Nursery care and Sunday School for children and youth happen simultaneously. Offerings vary from discussions of book and video resources to Bible study and special presentations of current topics and events. We strive to offer classes that both challenge and support you on your faith journey. Past offerings have included:
- Beyond the Dream: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. for Contemporary Christians
- Book studies on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor, and Pastors Sound Off: Causes We Can't Keep Quiet About
- Courses on gender identity, aging, Christmas carols, understanding the Bible
- Visits from the wider community including a class on Respecting Indigenous Cultures, a visit from Rabbi Moti Rieber, discussion with transgender activist Stephanie Mott
Fall 2020 Adult Education Opportunities
***Note: all adult education classes are currently happening via Zoom and you'll find login information here.***
Adult Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
August 23 and 30: The Work of the People
Led by Deane Lehmann
We begin the school year with a two-week session using videos from The Work of the People. Deane Lehmann will share the video and invite others into the discussion each week. The videos planned for the end of August include "Signs of Aliveness" with Walter Brueggemann and "Infinitely Trustworthy" with James Finley. You can learn more about these two sessions by visiting TWOP website using the links above. Click for Zoom login information
NO CLASS SEPTEMBER 6 - LABOR DAY WEEKEND
September 13-October 11: Forgiveness, the BIG stuff via Zoom
Led by Barb Crooks and Marcia McFarland
Class is based on The Book of Forgiving: the Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. Please contact the church office if you need assistance finding a copy of the book. We'd be happy to order it for you. Click for Zoom login information
October 18 - 25: Prayerful Pauses via Zoom
Led by special guest Mary Kay Whitacre from the Sophia Center
Participant handouts for Oct. 18
How do we stay centered in Christ with all the negative distractions around us? How can we be a source of God's love for our hurting world? How do we find meaning in a world turned upside down? As we create a new normal for ourselves in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, these sessions will draw on monastic wisdom for finding balance and equilibrium in our lives. Join us to explore simple techniques for incorporating contemplative prayerful pauses into the rhythm of your day.
Mary Kay Whitacre has served in pastoral ministry for over forty years and completed her Doctor of Ministry degree from Seattle University in 2017. She currently is full-time on the staff of the Sophia Center; is the assistant director of the Souljourners Spiritual Direction Formation Program; and ministers as a spiritual director. Mary Kay is a wife of over forty years; a mother of two adult, married children; and the proud grandmother of two of the most adorable grandchildren ever.
Nov. 1 - 22: Exploring Racial Entanglements via Zoom
Led by a different person each week. Join us for one session or all of them.
November 1: The Tuesday book group will lead a reflection on lessons from The Color of Compromise by Jaran Tisbee
November 8: Leslie Bell will lead our class this day
November 15: Cassidy Moreau will lead a reflection on lessons from How to Be An Antirciast by Ibram X. Kendi
November 22: Thanksgiving and Other Myths with Lisa Tatonetti
Nov. 29 - Dec. 20: Advent Class on Low: An Honest Advent Devotional by John Pavlovitz via Zoom
Led by Sue Zschoche
Beginning on November 29, Adult Sunday School will discuss John Pavlovitz’s book of daily Advent devotions: Low: An Honest Advent Devotional. Low is a wonderful reminder that Jesus was not born into the bright lights and sentimental glitz of modern Christmas seasons. Rather, Jesus began his life in the “low” place of the stable, and spent his life reaching out to those in low places, whether that low place was poverty, sickness, or despair. Pavlovitz reminds us that the message of Jesus is that God can be counted upon to be with us in our own low places, places where we are afraid, depressed, uncertain. Surely, Advent 2020 counts as one of those low places, but spoiler alert!: those low places are also where we can find the Kingdom of God.
Led by Pastor Sue, we will meet on the Sundays of Advent to discuss the brief devotionals that we have read that week. Low is available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle form for about $6. If you would like the church to order a book for you, please contact Pastor Sue. She will arrange book deliveries so please also send her your address.
Midweek Book Study
Tuesdays from 11:30am-1pm via Zoom
Led by Sue Zschoche
The Tuesday book group is currently in-between books but still gathering for fellowship on Zoom at 11:30am every Tuesday and you're welcome to stop in. In September, they anticipate they will do a couple of weeks on Eastern Orthodoxy, led by Pastor Sue. Later in the fall they will likely be studying womanist theology with a book to be determined. All are welcome to join via Zoom and if you'd like more information, please reach out to email@example.com. Click for Zoom login information